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Leave Home [Expanded]
     

Leave Home [Expanded]

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by Ramones
 

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This reissue of the Ramones' second album (released in 1976, the same year as their debut) appends a plethora of extra material. In addition to original album tracks such as "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" and "Pinhead" (with its chant of "Gabba gabba hey!"), the 2001 edition adds the rare tracks "Babysitter" (previously issued only as a single in the U.S.) and "Carbona

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This reissue of the Ramones' second album (released in 1976, the same year as their debut) appends a plethora of extra material. In addition to original album tracks such as "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" and "Pinhead" (with its chant of "Gabba gabba hey!"), the 2001 edition adds the rare tracks "Babysitter" (previously issued only as a single in the U.S.) and "Carbona Not Glue," restored to its original place here for the first time since the album's initial release. Also included is the entirely of the Ramones' first-ever Los Angeles concert, never before available. The 16-song show was recorded at the Roxy Theater on August 12, 1976, in between the band's first and second albums. The CD booklet includes liner notes from Donna Gaines, song lyrics, and lots of photos.

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All Music Guide
Of course the Ramones' second album Leave Home is simply more of the same — 14 songs, including one oldie ("California Sun"), delivered at breakneck speed and concluding in under a half hour. The Ramones have gotten slightly poppier, occasionally delivering songs like "I Remember You" that are cloaked neither in irony nor seedy rock & roll chic. Still, the biggest impressions are made by the cuts that strongly recall the debut, whether it's the ersatz Beach Boys of "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," the sing-along of "Pinhead" or the warped anthems "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" and "Commando." Song for song, it's slightly weaker than its predecessor, but the handful of mediocre cuts speed by so fast that you don't really notice its weaknesses until after it's all over. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As fine as it is -- and it's a really entertaining record, especially in retrospect -- the Ramones' second album, Leave Home, isn't as good as their first, largely because they no longer had the shock of the new. That can't be said of Rhino's 2001 expanded reissue of the record, since it trumps the reissue of Ramones in its bonus material. Where that record had eight bonus cuts, nearly all demos, this has a full 16-track concert recorded live at the Roxy in Hollywood on August 12, 1976. This is a superior bonus since even if it doesn't have the breakneck quality of It's Alive, it's still terrific to hear the Ramones tearing through their set list at their prime. They're not quite as fast or reckless as their reputation would lead you to believe -- as soon as hardcore came around, they started seeming not nearly as fast -- but it's still a spirited, vigorous performance that makes this expanded edition quite special. Of course, in addition to the concert, Leave Home is given a 20-page booklet, filled with full artwork, lyrics, rare photos, and memorabilia, plus notes from Donna Gaines.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227430726
catalogNumber:
74307
Rank:
29719

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